Exceeding every expectation, this modern multi-level garden is a dream come true
For an experienced landscape designer like Anthony Bennett of ABS Landscape Services, a sloping garden isn’t a problem — it’s an opportunity to create something unique.
The owners of this property in the Melbourne suburb of Surrey Hills wanted a swimming pool but as the block was quite steep, they worried this might not be achievable. Also on their wish list was a sizeable lawn, a place for a table and chairs so they could dine alfresco, and the creation of as much useable space as possible. Knowing they needed professional help, they put their trust in Anthony to design and build their dream garden.
Anthony’s vision was for a modern landscape that would have a subtle Japanese flavour, make the most of the backdrop provided by the nature reserve it backs on to, and allow the family to enjoy their new pool and outdoor entertaining area in comfort and style.
To help the owners visualise the end result, Anthony prepared a sketch of how he envisioned the completed garden. This is a service he provides for all of his clients as he feels it is the best way to ensure they know exactly what the garden will look like.
Because it has a north-west aspect and gets a lot of afternoon sun, the paving (sawn granite) and feature wall stone (quartz) were chosen because they don’t absorb too much heat. Honed bluestone, which also stays cool to the touch, was used for the capping on the feature wall as well as the small walls, and for the capping around the outdoor entertaining area.
For the decking at the rear of the house, Anthony used merbau timber and for the outdoor shower and screening beside the pool he used spotted gum. The spotted gum panelling acts as the backdrop for the stainless-steel shower; it also hides the pool equipment. The plants are a well-considered mix of shrubs and trees that includes camellias, conifers, Japanese maples, lilly pillies and a jacaranda.
ABS Landscape Services is a company of 19 years standing with a reputation for excellent customer service and an eye for detail. In addition to design and construction, it offers a maintenance service so you can ensure your garden develops in the intended way. odl
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Originally in Outdoor Design & Living, Volume 33